Portugal Road Stats


Bicycle helmet laws (date enacted) 2,013 2002 1st out of 17
Expressway length 2,613 km 2014 16th out of 59
Length of motorways per capita 32.49 mm 2014 13th out of 93
Motor vehicles per 1000 people 548 2014 26th out of 191
Motorway density 28.65 m of motorway per square km 2014 9th out of 25
Motorway length 2,647 km 2014 9th out of 25
Motorway length per capita 249.32 mm 2014 5th out of 25
Radar detector legality Illegal to own and/or use in a vehicle 2001
Traffic laws > Fire extinguisher required Recommended 2014
Traffic laws > First aid required Recommended 2014
Traffic laws > Minimum driver's age 18 2014 8th out of 38
Traffic laws > Minimum passenger age for front seat 12 front seat 2014 20th out of 30
Traffic laws > Permitted alcohol level 0.05% 2014 21st out of 41
Traffic laws > Seatbelt required All 2014
Traffic laws > Spare bulb required No 2014
Traffic laws > Speed limit at dual carriageway 100 km/h 2014 13th out of 16
Traffic laws > Speed limit at motorway 120 km/h 2014 25th out of 34
Traffic laws > Speed limit at single carriageway 90 km/h 2014 10th out of 40
Traffic laws > Speed limit at urban area 50 km/h 2014 26th out of 42
Traffic laws > Toll roads Yes 2014
Traffic laws > Tow rope required Yes 2014
Traffic laws > Triangle required Yes 2014

SOURCES: Wikipedia: Bicycle helmet laws by country (Bicycle helmet legislation) (Curnow, W. J. "Bicycle Helmets: A Scientific Evaluation" in Anton De Smet (2008). Transportation Accident Analysis and Prevention . Commack, N.Y: Nova Science Publishers. ISBN 1-60456-288-9 . "Examples of successful campaigns" . European Cyclists Federation . Retrieved 8 January 2011 . "Legislative and non-legislative interventions" . British Medical Association . 17 February 2010 . Retrieved 8 January 2011 . "CTC policy handbook" . Cyclists' Touring Club. March 2004 . Retrieved 8 January 2011 . Avenoso, Antonio; Beckmann, Jörg (2005). The Safety of Vulnerable Road Users in the Southern, Eastern and Central European Countries (The "SEC Belt") . Brussels: European Transport Safety Council. ISBN 90-76024-18-9 .); Wikipedia: List of countries by road network size; https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/fields/2085.html, Roadways.; Wikipedia: List of countries by vehicles per capita; Wikipedia: List of OECD countries by road network size (Motorway network) ("Selected year 2006 road traffic data" . OECD International Traffic Safety Data and Analysis Group (IRTAD).); Wikipedia: Radar detector (Legality) ("Radar Speed Trap Warning Apparatus (Licence)" . Hansard . 1967-03-02 . Retrieved 2010-04-25 . "a pocket-sized instrument is being produced by Marchant House Limited of New Street, Oadby, Leicester, to be used in motor vehicles to give instant warning of a police radar speed trap ... Anyone wishing to use this type of apparatus would require a licence under the Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1949. The firm in question has recently been informed that I am not prepared to issue a licence for such purposes"); Wikipedia: Comparison of European traffic laws (General)


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